Better Know An Affiliate: Philadelphia Flyers

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As we get ready for the the 2014-15 season, it may be time to get yourself reacquainted with your team’s minor league affiliates and what could be in store for your team should they need a call-up or two. I’ll go through them team by team in hopes that this enlightens some people to their affiliate teams. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers keep it in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with their affiliates in Allentown and Reading, Pennsylvania.

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LEHIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS
Affiliate Since
: 1996-97 (As Philadelphia Phantoms)
Distance From Parent Team (Arena to Arena): 63 miles

Last Season: 30-38-2-6, 4th in Northeast Division, 13th in Eastern Conference

Offense was at a premium for the Phantoms in their last year in Glens Falls, as they were tied for the second least amount of goals for on the season, with only two 20-goal scorers and none outside of those two were over 15 goals.

Only Jason Akeson and Tye McGinn were in the 20-goal club, especially after Kris Newbury was called up the Philadelphia and then re-assigned to Hershey. While he only played in 41 games, Chris VandeVelde chipped in 14 goals and 24 points, being the only player on the Phantoms to put up more and a half-point per game outside of the previous three names mentioned. Rookie Brandon Alderson found his niche on the power play with six of his 14 goals coming with the extra man.

While Brandon Manning, Mark Alt, and Bruno Gervais were able to put up solid points, their defensive play left plenty to be desired as they were a combined minus-44 on the year. That said, Gervais’ seven power play goals tied Akeson for the team lead on the season.

Goaltending wasn’t at it’s peak, but despite only posting 16 wins in 44 games, Cal Heeter had a respectable .912 save percentage. The same can’t really be said for Yann Danis, the back-up, who went 9-11-2, but had only a .897 save percentage and horrific 3.01 GAA on the season.

Leading Scorers: Jason Akeson (24g, 40a), Tye McGinn (20g, 15a), Ben Holmstrom (13g, 19a)

Possible Frequent Flyers: With the injury to Ryan White, Akeson and Alderson will be battling for that last spot on the right side while Andrew Gordon could get some looks with his experience on his side. Nick Cousins and Scott Laughton add to the depth of the center spot and get some time here and there. On defense, Shayne Gostisbehere is going probably get time later in the season, but will need a little more time in his first full pro season in the Lehigh Valley.

Outlook: With a new arena in a new location in an area that knows the Flyers, the Phantoms could very well adjust and have a better season with confidence on their side. With a young, promising core with Akeson, Alderson, Cousins, Laughton, and Gostisbehere– the Phantoms can build off their energy and be able to rebound in their first year in a new place.

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READING ROYALS
Affiliate Since
: 2014-15
Distance From Parent Team (Arena to Arena): 63 miles

Last Season: 46-22-2-2, 1st in Atlantic Division, 1st in Eastern Conference

Coming off a Kelly Cup winning season in 2013, the Royals hit the ground running and thanks to rookie Domenic Monardo’s 27 goals on the season, Reading was able to keep the pace up and finish first in the East. Though Monardo was the only 20-goal scorer, Sean Wiles and TJ Syner were close with 19 goals apiece.  However, they fell short on a repeat championship, as they were upset in the first round by 8th seeded Fort Wayne.

In net, the Royals were solid with Riley Gill and Brandon Anderson being top-12 in the league in wins, GAA, and save percentage. They were aided by the play of Marvin Degon, Michal Cajkovsky, and Bryant Molle, who were solid in their own end to provide plenty of protection and clear shots for the goalies to see.

Leading Scorers: Ryan Cruthers (16g, 40a), Yannick Tifu (19g, 29a), Domenic Monardo (27g, 19a)

Possible Frequent Flyers: With his year last year, Monardo could get a few looks at the AHL with his play, while newcomer Adam Hughesman could get some looks if he is able to get off to a solid start.

Outlook: With Anderson moving with Washington moving their affiliation and Gill not re-signed, the goaltending is going to be a little in question for the time being. However, with Cruthers, Monardo, and Wiles coming back, the offense should stay consistent as last year. Luckily, with a veteran core, the Royals shouldn’t have a problem with chemistry coming together for this year.

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